Carol Ladwig

Trail Youth group serves up doughnuts, coffee, and support, Tuesdays in North Bend

Trust isn’t established on a deadline, but with a specific group of young people in Issaquah and another in the Valley, it can be built… Continue reading

Lost on a trail, missing Boxer finds his way home after four stormy days

The new year, now a joyous one for the Gaudio family of North Bend, started off with one of their own missing. On a Dec.… Continue reading

‘Affordable housing isn’t low-income housing’: Reality of rent prices comes to Snoqualmie Valley

Snoqualmie has talked about affordable housing. North Bend has talked about it. Four years ago, Imagine Housing was pursuing an affordable development in Snoqualmie, but hit the pause button in response to vocal opposition from the public and questions from Snoqualmie officials. North Bend’s Umpqua Bank has hosted two community wide forums on affordable housing in the past year.

Dedicated community volunteer, Art Hobbs, to be remembered in Dec. 28 service

Arthur Hobbs of Fall City, died Dec. 3, after a brief illness. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday with his friends and family. Hobbs,… Continue reading

Heavy snowfall, equipment problems kept North Bend on snowy streets following Dec. 9 storm

Most North Bend residents don’t need reminders that a lot of snow fell on their city Dec. 9, since a lot of it is still… Continue reading

North Bend City Council votes for no property tax increase in 2017

North Bend citizens have been asked to absorb a lot in the last year, so they shouldn’t have to suffer a property tax increase next… Continue reading

New city hall for North Bend inches ahead

Working in small increments, the North Bend City Council is making progress toward its goal of building a new city hall. In November, the council… Continue reading

‘Pennies from Heaven:’ 100 Women Who Care group raises thousands of dollars in less than an hour

There’s a new women’s group in the Valley, formed on a concept that sounds impossible — raising $10,000 for a charitable cause in less than… Continue reading

Hang time vs. distance: Twin Falls students fling beanbags for science

Hang time was definitely the more difficult goal for students working on catapult projects at Twin Falls Middle School last week. As two girls, their… Continue reading

Opinion: Open letter to a changed America

Dear President-elect Trump, Well, you’ve done it, and I must congratulate you on your stunning victory in the election. I didn’t support you, and am… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank holds community meet-and-greet

Drive past the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank on distribution days and you might think you’re missing out on some sort of festivities. All day Wednesdays,… Continue reading

New name, new pastor mark relaunch of North Bend church

Calvary Chapel North Bend has remade itself in recent months, in the image of what members believe to be a modern community of faith.

Ballot-box blues: What’s a voter to do?

Every year, when my ballot appears in my mailbox, I feel a little pang of loss. It reminds me that I don’t get to vote in person any more, don’t get to go into the church basement, and chat with the election volunteers, don’t get to find out if the trick for finding my name in the voter list — the second one after all the Andersons — still works, don’t get to watch as the ballot box whooshes my marked ballot back and down into the “vault” in the bottom.

North Bend gives preliminary OK to agreement for athletic complex

Snoqualmie couple John and Wendy Miller received initial support from the North Bend City Council for their plans to build an indoor-outdoor athletic complex on 12 acres of open space between S.R. 202 and Boalch Avenue, just north of N.W. 14th Street, at the Oct. 18 meeting of the city council.

North Bend Council gives preliminary OK on Boalch athletic complex

Snoqualmie couple John and Wendy Miller received initial support from the North Bend City Council for their plans to build an indoor-outdoor athletic complex on… Continue reading

Mount Si High School committee looks at adding credits to improve graduation rates

In two years, Washington high school students will be required to earn 24 credits before they can graduate. That's two more credits than the classes of 2017 and 2018, today's seniors and juniors, will need. Twenty-four is also the exact number of credits that students at Mount Si School can earn right now, assuming they don't fail any classes.

Focused on youth for 50 years: Encompass celebrates big anniversary

The Encompass NW organization serving the Snoqualmie Valley is probably the most youthful 50-year-old you've ever seen. Its three locations (in North Bend and Carnation) are filled with children almost year round and with the energy needed to serve this growing population.

Leading the pack: Cedarcrest High School seniors see success for boys and girls cross country teams

Madi Shinn, a senior at Cedarcrest High School, is the first runner in her family. She's also the first runner on her girls cross country team to cross the finish line in a lot of the races she's competed in this season.

Taking an election vacation

Last year when every Valley city had council races and most other local government entities did too, emotions were running high and a lot of people spoke without thinking, which was especially unwise in this age of mistakes living on indefinitely, courtesy of social media. I announced then that I would be taking vacation the entire month of October this year, because I knew, with national races on the ballot, that things would only get worse this year.

Rodne, Ritchie field policy questions in Chamber candidate forum

The two candidates for 5th Legislative District Representative, Position 1, agreed on several points when they met at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce's second candidate forum last Wednesday. Both the incumbent Jay Rodne (R) and challenger Jason Ritchie (D) concurred, to varying degrees, that small businesses need state regulation reforms, that school districts need the local control that local levy authority gives them, that the state's Growth Management Act is outdated, and that a state income tax is not a good solution.